In the frame of its activities to support enabling framework conditions for higher education institutions, PERFORM organised a two-day workshop in Tirana on October 12-13, 2017 to assist selected universities to achieve the “HR Excellence in Research” certification from the European Commission.
The training focused on the recognition and implementation of the principles included in the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, as part of universities' policies and strategies. In this regard, the European Commission has also adopted the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), which constitutes support and tool for employers concerning the implementation of the Charter and Code.
The workshop was held by Ms Armela Dino, senior expert at the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kingdom of Spain. It focused primarily on the HRS4R application process, thorough analysis of personnel policy and gap analysis of the interested higher education institutions, along with the drafting of the action plan.
The participants had the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on the application process, exchange best practices of the respective universities as well as initiate the drafting process of the self-assessment questionnaire.
Overall, the implementation of the Charter and Code are essential and mandatory for universities and research institutions interested in applying for funding within the framework of Horizon 2020.